UPCOMING (Fri. May 27): PANEL DISCUSSION- "Plastic Dreams: The Forgotten Future of the Vinyl Format" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

May 24, 2016 by  
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This Friday (May 27) there will be a panel discussion entitled 
"Plastic Dreams: The Forgotten Future of the Vinyl Format" 
 taking place at the MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit).
  The panel of experts will explore topics involving the resurgence of the vinyl format and its impact on the local music industry. Leading members of Detroit's music scene will be on hand to discuss whether or not the resurgence is real, Detroit's storied history with vinyl manufacturing, and more. 
The discussion will be moderated by Monty Luke.

Kai Alce (Owner, NDATL Music)
Anna Atanassova (Owner, Paramita Sound)
Dave Buick (Vinyl Release Specialist, Third Man Records)
Brandon Chrzanowski (Production Manager, Third Man Records)
Mark Sandford (FIT Distribution)

The event runs from 2pm-4pm
Admission: Free (But there is a $5 suggested donation).
The MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) is located at:
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

NXNE Future Land Interactive Conference presents NOLAN BUSHNELL Founder of Atari

May 20, 2016 by  
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NXNE Future Land

Interactive Conference 
Founder of Atari

Today, North By Northeast (NXNE) Future Land, the new Interactive, Music and Gaming Conference together with co-host, Ryerson University announces the godfather – or grandfather - of gaming, the man who founded Atari, technology pioneer, entrepreneur, engineer and author Nolan Bushnell will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, June 15 at Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management.

Nolan Bushnell is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation. Often cited as the Father of the video game industry, Bushnell introduced videogames to the masses with PongComputer Space and many other legendary games, as well as the home videogame console system with multiple game cartridges. With his latest startup, BrainRush, he is intent on fixing education with software that uses gamification principles to “addict” students to learning. 

NXNE Future Land conference brings together the intersection of music and gaming with a speaker series and industry panels focusing on technology, gaming, and how musicians can thrive in these industries. Sessions include: The Art of Sound and Music with music composers and game publishers discussing how they make, find and choose music for gaming soundtracks; Master Class in Storytelling and Game Development with the creators at Ubisoft; Designing the Future with Big Viking, innovators in the mobile gaming industry, speaking about why they believe Toronto is poised as an innovation hub. Session attendee’s will also have a chance to sign-up and experience the latest in Virtual Reality from sponsor AMD.

Tickets for NXNE Future Land are on sale now at nxne.com/future-land-interactive-conference and include access to all sessions, light meals, and a cocktail/networking session. 

Even more programming announcements will be reveled in the coming weeks including NXNE Game Land at Yonge-Dundas Square, and additional NXNE Port Lands and NXNE Club Land programming.

UPCOMING (Sunday, May 22): The Demented Dolls of Sideshow at Smartycatz in Ypsilanti

May 19, 2016 by  
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Enter the Realm of the Wildest and Weirdest Women in the World-
 The Demented Dolls of Sideshow!!!
Princess Tweedle Needle, Jenn O. Cide, Princess of Scars, Betty Bloomerz, Spaghetti Anaelle and Fibi Eyewalker are combining their devilish delights and coming to Smartycatz in Ypsilanti this Sunday (May 22).

After their successful 2015 European spring tour, they are now ready to cross the Atlantic Ocean to spread their Madness, Mayhem and Devilish Delights in the U.S.A.

Sword Swallowing! Fire Eating! Human Pincushion! Beds of Nails! These are just a few acts in this twisted comedy show: it's a collection of the most diverse and demented women in the world, combining classic fakirism, contortion, modern sideshow and burlesque.

All the acts they do are real: this is NOT a magic show! They will entice you with their beauty, shock you with their stunts, make you cry from laughter and...they LOVE to bleed, just for you!

The Show is 1.5 hours done in two blocks of 45 min. So you are in for a real treat!

The perfomers for the evening include:

Princess Tweedle Needle is Holland's one and only Human Pin Cushion Girl. Tweedle combines traditional fakir stunts with outrageous and often bloody sideshow acts. She's charming, comical, and completely fearless. Tweedle has travelled worldwide with The Squidling Brothers International Freak Show and performs with Pain Solution in the German Zirkus des Horrors.

Jenn O. Cide breathes fire, belly dances and eats broken glass, sometimes all at once. She's worked for everyone from Sesame Street to America's Most Wanted to Mötley Crüe. If it’s shocking, if it’s compelling, if it’s ENTERTAINING: Jenn O. Cide is all in. Jenn starts her day by breakfasting on broken glass and stapling the morning paper to her forehead. She is a comedic genius and ringmaster to the circus of the absurd; a true American treasure.

The Princess of Scars is a fakir and proud performing artist in Pain Solution, touring worldwide for the last seven years. She elegantly presents her various fakir stunts and skills using theater, dance and comedy. But beware: the Princess is especially attracted to the contrast between the charming and the brutal. Watch her stretch her body and mind to the limit as she explores everything in between.

Betty Bloomerz is one of a kind: a true sideshow doll that devours flames and swords like no other. A clown at heart, she combines the daring and graceful acts of sword swallowing, fire eating, belly dancing and aerial acrobatics. She takes the audience down the rabbit hole into her world of odd anatomy. She works at Ripley's Believe It or Not, the famous Coney Island Sideshow, Cirque Dracula and tours worldwide as part of the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow.

Spaghetti Anaelle will shock and amaze you as she bends and twist in ways, making the imposible possible! She's a contortionist in body and spirit, and you will laugh at her silliness while amazed at her flexibility. Anaelle created the "Duoh!LaLa!" performance duet and does everything from street festivals in Asia to the contemporary circus project Crece in Madrid. In 2013 she won the Monti-Price at the Solycirco festival. For most of 2014, she toured with Circus Monti in Switzerland.

Fibi Eyewalker started as a flying trapeze artist under the big top, and then she ran away FROM the circus to join the Squidling Brothers Sideshow. She’s known as the dragon tongued lady, using her powerful breath to inflate balloons and bend fire in ways that are both bizarre and beautiful! Fibi is covered in eyeballs, bringing her visions of space and the outer dimensions into this world. In the past year, she’s circled the globe, traveling coast to coast in the USA, across Europe, into Israel, India and Japan.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
Doors 9 pm  
Smarty Catz is located at 16 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 


TOMORROW (Wed. May 18)- Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit

May 17, 2016 by  
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Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club/The Cramps/Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) is bringing his band-
 Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds to PJ's Lager House in Detroit tomorrow night (Wed. May 18).

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds are touring behind their fourth album 
entitled “La Araña Es La Vida".

Opening the show are The Hentchmen and Pretty Ghouls.
Tickets are $10.00
Doors open at 8:00 PM. Music at 9:00 PM.

PJ's Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI 48226

WIN FREE TICKETS!- Speedy Ortiz and Hop Along at the Loving Touch in Ferndale on Friday, May 20th

May 16, 2016 by  
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MOTORCITYBLOG is giving away tickets to the SPEEDY ORTIZ show with special guests Hop Along
at the Loving Touch this Friday, May 20th.

Just drop an e-mail to ambervillainfilm@aol.com with "SPEEDY" as the subject along with your "full name" in the body of the e-mail. We will pick a winner by random and will let you know by Thursday, May 19 if you have won!
The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
And if you miss out you can always score tickets for $15.00 HERE.

UPCOMING (Fri. May 13): Fuzzgun, Lisboa, Tammi, and Chin Tiki at the Old Miami in Detroit

May 11, 2016 by  
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The Old Miami in Detroit has a solid night of Rock N' Roll booked for you this Friday (May 13).
The lineup for the evening shapes up like this...

Chin Tiki

Doors at 9PM 

The Old Miami is located at: 3930 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

UPCOMING (Sat. May 14): 7th Annual Detroit Dio Tribute at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Township

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  Join the Detroit Dio Tribute as they celebrate the life and music of the legendary metal singer Mr. Ronnie James Dio, with music from some of the area's finest musicians, performing songs that span Dio's career.

As always, they will be raising money to help relieve the financial strain of a local individual with cancer. This year's recipient will be April Caudill. April is suffering from reoccurring breast cancer and has a tough road ahead.

The success of our previous events has led The Detroit Dio Tribute in search of a larger venue and they are pleased to be moving the event to the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Twp. The larger space will give them more room to expand the stage show, more room for longtime event supporters Rock N Rummage, and more room to bring you new features like the "HOW DO YOU DIO?" Facehole. That's right! You'll have your chance to put your face in the hole of a giant Ronnie James Dio painting.

This year's lineup is packed with some of the area's finest musicians:

12:10 a.m. BANNED FROM H.E.L.L.
(Jason Quayle, Rachel May, Dennis Smith, Evan Hakim)
11:00 p.m. HALLOWEEN
(George Neal, Don Guerrier, Tj Richardson, Chris Buczek, Brian Thomas 
and special guests Lisa Hurt and Ed Reid)
(Pat DeLeon, Bryan Paxton, Rachel May, Pete Hopersberger, Big Al Grebovic)
(Nick Marocco, Ryan Goldsworthy, Bob Tyrrell, Josh Wizinsky, Dennis Schwan)
8:40 p.m. SACRED HEART (Traverse City)
(Jim Adkins, Mike Zimmerman,Damien Allen)
8:00 p.m. EVIL PLAY
(Eric Johnson, Danny Grimm. Dan Durecki, Mark Jones, Dave Seymour)

For those people that cannot attend this years event but would still like to contribute to April, donations are being collected via GoFundMe at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/ddt2016

Doors at 7 p.m.
Admission $10

The Diesel Concert Lounge is located at 33151 23 Mile Rd, New Baltimore, MI 48047

UPCOMING (Wed. May 11): BABYMETAL at the Fillmore in Detroit

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BABYMETAL, the female-fronted band whose hybrid of j-pop and heavy metal have made them global sensations are bringing their show to Detroit for the first time ever this Wednesday, May 11.

Detroit is one of just a handful of U.S. stops as 
the group promotes its new sophomore album, "Metal Resistance."
The Fillmore is located at: 2115 Woodward, Detroit
Doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25-$49.50.

Tickets can be purchased from Live Nation in advance HERE

NEXT FRIDAY: Halfway2Halloween @ Tangent Gallery

May 6, 2016 by  
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Halfway2Halloween Monster Boolesque Spooktacular
Friday the 13th of May
Tangent Gallery @ 715 E. Milwaukee St., Detroit
7pm to 2am - $10 w/costume - $15 w/o - 18+

The gang and crew from Krampus Night and the Christmahanakwanza Variety Show are back and they are bringing Halloween back to Detroit!!!

On Friday the 13th of May 2016 at Detroit's Tangent Gallery comes the premier of the:


The tricks and treats will include:

- A Halloween burlesque variety show starring Lushes Lamoan, Bootsie La Fontaine, Sofia Syntaxx and Magenta DeMure

- A multiple room Haunted House inside the venue created and hosted by the House of Fear of Hazel Park

- Costume contests with artsy thrift store trophies for Worst DIY and Best Overall Costume

- Tarot, palm and intuitive reading by Psychic/Spiritual Advisor/Artist SANDA COOK

- A UV dance party with special guest DJs Mikey and Zumby from Strangeways Radio

- A mini exhibition of Halloween art from local artists

- Delicious hot food created by The Fargin Chef

- Halloween merchants, psychic readings, booze specials and haunted hijinks galore!

The schedule is as follows:

07:00p - Doors and the haunted house (until 2a)
09:00p - Burlesque variety show (until 10:30p)
10:30p - Costume contest
11:00p - UV dance party (until 2am)
02:00a - GO HOME!!!

UPCOMING (Sat. May 7): Downspeed record release show at the Longhorn Saloon in Toledo

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Toledo, OH rockers Downspeed are releasing an album and celebrating by throwing 
a big release party this Saturday (May 7) at the Longhorn Saloon in Toledo.

The lineup for the evening shapes up like this...

Downspeed (Rock N' Roll from Toledo)
Banned from H.E.L.L. (Dio era Black Sabbath Tribute act

Megaton Hammer (Rock N' Roll from Toledo)
Doppleganger Circus Sideshow (must be seen to believe)

Rock N' Rummage (Traveling Rock N' Roll inspired flea market)

The Longhorn Saloon is located at
944 Phillips Ave
Toledo, OH

Doors open at 8:00 PM. 
$7.00 cover at the door.

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